Love is learning and love is practice. Love remembers to “prefer the other.” Philippians 2:3 tells us to “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each esteem the other better than themselves” (NASB). Have you wondered how often self-focus interferes and even causes needless damage to your relationships? I just spent a weekend being refreshed in the ways of love. And was reminded that a life of love is one of gracious sacrifice that is experienced when our life is surrendered to God.
Selflessness sets us free by releasing us from obsession with self-concerns.
How do I know when love is in operation in my life? Often times by the open manner in which others respond to me. Internally however, I experience a joy and a peace beyond measure, because my thoughts have been redirected to the good of others. As a result, I receive a pardon from self-concern.
Some of the myriad benefits of the Life of Love are as we walk in love; we no longer drag around with the weight of our own issues. Love also liberates us such that we can engage in the lives of those around us, and truly be present.
From my heart to yours,